Easter 4 Year 2
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Proper 24(29)A
Readings: Church at Thessalonica – Acts 17:1-9 & 1 Thess. 1:1-10 (Mark 13:9-11)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Messiah, Jesus, your followers established churches in communities near and far. Take us outside of ourselves and teach us to give away what you have given to us. Show us how to witness to your presence in places near and far. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, RevGalPals,
Suggested hymns based on the texts:
ELW #757. All My Hope on God Is Founded
ELW #883. All People That on Earth Do Dwell
ELW #652. Built on a Rock
ELW #662. Christ is the King!
ELW #408. Come, Thou Almighty King
ELW #731. Earth and All Stars!
ELW #526. God Is Here!
ELW #705. God of Grace and God of Glory
ELW #678. God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
ELW #385. Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing!
ELW #619. I Know That My Redeemer Lives!
ELW #696. Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult
ELW #595. Jesus Loves Me!
ELW #434. Jesus Shall Reign
ELW #512. Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil
ELW #623. Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
ELW #871. Sing Praise to God, the Highest Good
ELW #878. Soli Deo Gloria
ELW #709. When Our Song Says Peace
ELW #798. Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons)
ELW #668. O Zion, Haste
LBW #453. If You But Trust in God to Guide You
LBW #252. You Servants of God
WOV #682. Praise the Spirit in Creation
Various Hymnals God’s Spirit is in my heart (1999) by Alan Dale & Hubert Richards
Various Hymnals In Christ There Is No East or West (1982) by Michael Perry
Various Hymnals Lord of the Dance (1963) by Sydney Carter
Various Hymnals Peace in Our Time, O Lord (1938) by John Oxenham
Various Hymnals Tell it Out with Gladness (1966) by Georgia Elma Harkness
Various Hymnals We Come, O Christ, to You (1946) by Edith Clarkson
Various Hymnals We Have a Gospel to Proclaim (1968) by Edward Burns
Various Hymnals We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations (1896) by H. Ernest Nichol
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)
Other (mostly contemporary) options:
“In Christ Alone” By Stuart Townend, Keith Getty.
“More Than Conquerors” As performed by Rend collective.
More options here.
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
Let us pray for the needs of the church and the world to God who raised Jesus to new life.
A brief silence.
Bless the church throughout the world; guide ministers and missionaries as they proclaim the good news of your great love for the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless the soil and water; make us better stewards of the finite resources you have entrusted to us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless the nations; send a spirit of cooperation and compassion among all who make decisions that affect peoples’ lives. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless the brokenhearted; strengthen our communities and surround all people with supportive and loving groups of friends and neighbors. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless the sick and dying; work through hospital chaplains, doctors, nurses, and all staff to provide your peace, comfort, and hope. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless our church; work through our ministries in this difficult time and use us to be your hands and feet in the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Bless the saints in light; make us mindful of all who have passed the faith onto us and bring us all into your kingdom of life and light. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Through the resurrection of your son, O God, you destroy the power of death and remove your people’s shame. By the power of the Spirit, raise us from sin and seat us at the paschal feast, that we may rejoice in the gift of salvation Jesus has won for us. Amen.
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